Total Log Ban in Aurora in 5 Years

This is from Manila Bulletin as reported by Ariel Avendaño:

Central Luzon Environment and Natural Resources Director Regidor de Leon announced the other day that logging operations in this province will be totally stopped in the next five years.

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DINGALAN, Aurora – Central Luzon Environment and Natural Resources Director Regidor de Leon announced the other day that logging operations in this province will be totally stopped in the next five years.

The log ban is aimed at protecting and preserving the forest cover of Aurora, De Leon said, noting that Aurora has the biggest vegetation in the entire country in terms of natural forest. Its forest cover stands at 75 percent despite having at least five logging firms currently operating in the province.

De Leon, assisted by Region 3 Environment Technical Director Benjamin Miña, provincial environment chief Jerry Casala, district environment chief for Baler, and Ma. Aurora Meliton Vicente, district environment chief for Dingalan and San Luis, conducted a site inspection here of the 1.8-hectare forest park where decade-old trees now stand.

The once-denuded area was to different tree species in 1997.

Noting the transformation into a forest sanctuary of the once barren, neglected zone, De Leon said that the plan for the log ban was proposed after a recent dialogue with Senator Edgardo Angara.

While there are at least five firms permitted by the national government to engage in logging activities under integrated forest management agreement (IFMA) — some of which with extended permits to expire until 2025 — De Leon said that there is a need for a total ban on commercial logging operations in Aurora for the protection and conservation of its natural resources.

The official said Senator Angara had agreed that there will be proper orientation and preparation for the people who are dependent on the logging industry before the total log ban is imposed on the province.

Devastated by a series of typhoons in November 2004, President suspended all logging operations in the entire country, but this was eventually lifted after more than a year because of the big contribution of the logging industry to the efforts to perk up the economy.

“That’s why we will be crafting a five-year timeline as a period of adjustment in preparation for the total phaseout of logging operations in Aurora,” De Leon said.

With the log ban, the DENR official said, the local government can focus on ecotourism, citing the numerous potential tourist spots and destinations in Aurora.

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18 thoughts on “Total Log Ban in Aurora in 5 Years”

  1. bakit kailangan pa kaya nang ‘orientation and preperation’ ng mga logging dependent companies? i-implement na laang dapat sa lalong madaling panahon. Madami kasi ang ‘mawawalan’ pag nagkaroon talaga ng total log ban. Susmariyosep!!
    Bago pa ma-implement yan ay siguradong halos kalbo na ang ating kagubatan. Wala na talaga tayong kadaladala!

  2. Why should there be a need for an orientation and preparation for the total log ban while infact it’ self-explanatory, i mean hello, can’t you see? All these commercial logging activities cause the denudation and deterioration of forest parks et al. People suffer from flashfloods and landslides on stormy days. Isabelo lost his home in Dingalan way back December 2004, definitely others too. Do we want to see them again without roof on their heads? Without nowhere to go? As much as the concerned citizens want to preserve the forests and the natural resources, it wouldn’t be possible unless logging activities will be totally banned.
    By the way, will it take five long years for the logging firms to adjust? Come on, we don’t want another flashflood and landslides in Dingalan and in other areas of course. Enough that Isabelo lost his home once. I’m making this comment for a cause. I just hope the government will realize that this log ban needs to take effect immediately..

  3. sana maintindihan nyo nman na hindi basta bsta pwede pasara mga kumpanya,kc mey sinusunod tyung batas at mga legal ung mga kumpanya sa aurora..ung isa nga dyan since 1948 nag ooperate na at recognized na ng greenpeace…at ung mga ibang kbabayan ntin dun n din kumukuha ng kakainin nila sa kumpanya n gusto nyo ipasara,eh dun din umasa ung mga ibang kababayan ntin..kaya sa mga nkakaangat sa buhay dyan intindihin nyo nman hirap balansihin nyan…. hehehe salamat sa mga nkakaintindi…

  4. …tama lang na i implement ang total LOGBAN… dahil kung hiindi.. in the next 2 – years with 4-5 strong typhoons.. naku…. e baka wala ng AURORANG makita sa mapa…
    .. to think na sa ating kagubatan pa nakadepende ang ibang kalapit na province para maprotektahan sila against flood.. and strong typhoons.

    ..Sana nga.. sana nga totohanin na ito.. at sana makinig ang ibang local officials… pangalagaan ang ating KAGUBATAN…~!

    yung mga mukhang pera jan na LOCAL officials.. sana matauhan na ang paglilingkod ng tapat ay ang pagmamahal sa pinaglilingkuran…

    Sa mga kababayan nating dumepende sa ganitong kabuhayan..sobrang yaman ng aurora, at napaka talented ng PINOY.. sipag lang im sure hindi kayu magugutom.. ang pag aalaga ng mga hayop, at pag sasaka kung pagbubutihin.. alam nyo bang napakalaki ng kikitain sa ganitong kabuhayan.. think about it..

    ANG PAG UNLAD AY HINDI ANG PAGSIRA ng LIKAS NA YAMAN>>~!!

    –HUHA..~!

  5. bakit after 5 years pa. .kasi after five years marami ng naipon ang mga official ng denr na nagpropose nito at after five years siguro retire na sila, kaya di na nila kailangan ang logging. ang problema after five years baka yung papalit sa kanila di pumayag. .e sasabihin nila di na nila concern yun.. kaya ito papogi lang para masabi na concerned sila despite sa mga ga bundok na pabor na natanggap nila sa logging. kung talagang totoo kayo, ngayon na agad..ipakita nyo ang tunay na pagkatao nyo kasi yang proposal niyo parang hilaw na manga, maasim pa at mas nakakasuka- daig pa nyo ang mga prosti. . pagkatapos nyong kumita gusto nyo maging idol pa kayo. . .sa totoo lang naman kaya nakakalbo ang kagubatan dahil sa inyo. . hindi sa logger

  6. bakit after 5 years pa? dapat pa bagang paniwalaan itong sina de leon at miña? paanu magiging 75% ang forest cover ng aurora? ay samantalang ayon aiadp 70% ang forest cover nuung 1990’s batay sa aerial survey at imagegery maps. nakapagtanim baga ang denr ditu sa aurora? baka hangang tabi laang ng kalsada, pakitang tao!

    nakalimutan na baga natin ang flashfloods sa dingalan? ang paggkabura ng villa aurora dahil sa pagguhu ng bundok? ang flashfloods sa casiguran? tapus after 5 years pa ang total log ban?

    kung atin susuriin, mahigit 70% ng kalupaan ng aurora ay bulubundukin, ang iba ay kapatagan kung saan anduun ang mga pamayanan natin. ang mismung volume ng ulan na bubuhus sa mga bundok na itu ay siya ring volume na ikakalat sa limitadong kapatagan – 70% versus 30% capacity. kumbaga yung 7 drum na tubig pilit mung pagkakasyahin sa 3 drum? de naman pwedeng digpiin itu! ay paanu kung sabayan ng taib ang pag-ulan tulad nuung bumaha nuung kapaskuhan nuung 1995? kaawa naman tayu! GISING NA AURORA!

  7. itung si john sy parang malupit na bagyu! mukha namang de tagaritu dahil payag syang masira ang kalikasan ng aurora!

  8. Greenpeace! I salute their initiative of test driving elctric powered cars in Makati. Just to remind you guys…these are big time loggers. Electric cars been around in the US for quite sometimes. Hopefully this is not a ‘give and take’.

  9. Hello John Sy.. I understand your concern towards some Aurorans who depend mainly on these ‘to-be-banned’ logging firms. However, we cannot let these firms operate forever. Heck! It’s like welcoming loads of flashfloods and landslides with open arms for the next five years!
    Forests have been an important source of income for the people and what do they get in return? Maybe it’s time that we give back to nature what it deserves as we don’t have the right to wantonly destroy it.
    Can’t you see it? We are actually reaping the ‘fruits of our wrongdoings’. Only, they are disguised in flashfloods and landslides.. These logging activities were inviting them for almost forever. [sigh]
    Enough that these logging firms have been running since 1948. Siguro naman sapat na ang earnings nila for them to divert to another business. It’s not that easy but it’s possible. People may lose their source of income due to this log ban, but it wouldn’t be for long. The local government may create jobs through eco-tourism. Afterall, Aurora offers wonderful places for the ‘turistas’, beaches, falls, forest parks, to name a few. We just have to leave logging activities behind and open up for new ideas for the betterment of all.
    And Isabelo wouldn’t have to worry anymore come stormy days. ^_^

  10. john sy, tamaan ka sana ng troso!! wala ka sa ayos! may pa green peace green peace ka pang nalalaman, siguro mag-lologging ka rin ano?

  11. we can live without cutting those trees..hindi na kailangan sabihin pa na total log ban, nakakabingi na yan AND WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER 5 YRS?? SUSMARYOSEP,NAG ISIP PA , SINABI PA. UMPISAHAN AT TAPUSIN AGAD YAN, 5 YRS???? BAKA MAWALA NA ANG AURORA SA MAPA. .Ano ba ang mga ginagawa ng mga namumuno sa Aurora…wala!!!kaya dear Auroranians umpisahan na natin dito sa forum na ito.. sino sino ba sila na sumisira ng ating kagubatan we have to preserve the beauty of Aurora now!!!!!

  12. Ayaw ku na sanang mag post ditu peru naku-kunsiyensiya aku. Quirinians thanks for your concern. Madali namang malaman kung kaninu iyung mga logging trucks na dumadaan sa Canili o Villa de baga? Ang mahirap laang diyan may check points tayu peru puru sagut naman ‘sige na bossing lusot na yan’.

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